Council votes to accept Cornwall Local Plan

Members at today’s meeting of the full Council overwhelmingly voted to accept and adopt the Cornwall Local Plan

The Cornwall Local Plan sets out a vision for growth and identifies the quantity, broad location for new housing, community facilities, shops and employment. Its policies will be the basis for planning decisions.

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Cornwall Council cabinet member for planning Edwina Hannaford said: “I am pleased that after years of hard work, robust discussion, extensive consultation and a thorough public examination by the Inspector, Council members have now agreed a Local Plan for Cornwall. This means that we can apply robust local planning policies to our planning decisions and in that way, we can start to resist unwanted and speculative development and help shape communities - not just build housing estates.

The Local Plan sets out an overall housing target of 52,500 new homes to be built up to 2030. As at April of this year, 38,000 of this total number already have planning permission or have been built so we are looking at an additional 14,500 new permissions by 2030.

But the Local Plan is not just about the number of new homes to be built – it is about being able to support the development of Neighbourhood Plans and working closely with communities to understand their needs and concerns; it is about promoting and supporting economic growth and help provide the framework for 38,000 jobs; it is about protecting and cherishing our unique landscape and environment and it is about improving the quality of new development in Cornwall.”

The Council is now able to progress a number of more detailed planning documents for key sites for development around main towns, and for safeguarding minerals reserves.

Members at today’s meeting of the full Council overwhelmingly voted to accept and adopt the Cornwall Local Plan. 

The Cornwall Local Plan sets out a vision for growth and identifies the quantity, broad location for new housing, community facilities, shops and employment. Its policies will be the basis for planning decisions.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for planning Edwina Hannaford said: “I am pleased that after years of hard work, robust discussion, extensive consultation and a thorough public examination by the Inspector, Council members have now agreed a Local Plan for Cornwall. This means that we can apply robust local planning policies to our planning decisions and in that way, we can start to resist unwanted and speculative development and help shape communities - not just build housing estates.

The Local Plan sets out an overall housing target of 52,500 new homes to be built up to 2030. As at April of this year, 38,000 of this total number already have planning permission or have been built so we are looking at an additional 14,500 new permissions by 2030.

But the Local Plan is not just about the number of new homes to be built – it is about being able to support the development of Neighbourhood Plans and working closely with communities to understand their needs and concerns; it is about promoting and supporting economic growth and help provide the framework for 38,000 jobs; it is about protecting and cherishing our unique landscape and environment and it is about improving the quality of new development in Cornwall."

The Council is now able to progress a number of more detailed planning documents for key sites for development around main towns, and for safeguarding minerals reserves.

Story posted: 22 November 2016